Even though the seasons change from Winter to Spring in the month of March, the month of April is still an encompassing of Spring. Stages of later growth happen. Buds which will soon become flowers begin to sprout through, breaking ground in the Earth, rising into the light and air above. Breathing in the fresh air while basking in the warmth of the Sun. Nurturing the plant. Persephone works her magick when life breaks ground. This is the reason why I chose Persephone for April’s Goddess of the Month.
Persephone is in the Maiden stage of the Triple Goddess representation.
MY PERSONAL JOURNEY WITH PERSEPHONE
I am a Mother. There is much strength of love between a Mother and a Child. The story goes that Hades took Persephone to the underworld and her Mother Demeter drops everything to face Hades to get her daughter back. Mothers are responsible for protecting their children. I am that for my daughter and I always will be.
FACTS ABOUT PERSEPHONE
Persephone is the Goddess of Springtime, Vegetation, Fertility, Flowers, and Young Life. Being she was taken by Hades, she is also Goddess of the Underworld.
Persephone is from the Greek culture.
Colors: Purple, Yellow, Light Blue
Herbs: Willow Tree, Bergamot, Lily, Pomegranate, Fern, Ivy, Lavender, Daisy
Crystals: Agate, Onyx, Sapphire, Coral, Jasper
CALL UPON PERSEPHONE
The myth of Persephone and her mother Demeter resonates with me quite deeply. There are quite many parallels in their story and my own relationship with my daughter. It was a struggle raising my one and only child by myself. But I managed. I have to say that I over-compensated when her dad left us abruptly. I had to become the mother and the dad. I also enabled her. No, not a positive situation to be in. I smoothed everything over. I didn’t allow her much growing up on her own time because I wanted to be everything I could be for her. Yes, I did smother her. Paved the way golden for her. If anything ever happened to my daughter, everyone responsible would be held accountable. No holds barred this is my one and only child. I would be distraught if anything were to harm her. Sometimes my daughter has felt smothered and trapped by me. I agree and try to understand. Persephone felt the same way. At times she felt trapped by a mother’s love and her inability to fully assert her independence from underneath her mother’s wings. While most sources indicate Persephone was not happy to be “married” to Hades, others assert that she ate the pomegranate seeds deliberately as a way of breaking free from her Mom and that she was actually content with the final arrangement. Perhaps all children react in a rebellious sort of way to counteract a parent’s wishes. My daughter performs acts such as this on a regular basis, and now she is an adult. Life is her own choice to make and choose the responsibilities she maintains for herself. Not my responsibilities anymore. I will continue to work on allowing her the freedom she desires. It definitely is a never-ending chore for me.
As the myth of Persephone goes …
When Hades asked Demeter to marry her daughter, Demeter got furious and said there was no chance for this to happen. Hades was heart-broken and decided to get Persephone no matter what. One day while the maiden was picking flowers, she comes across a beautiful narcissus and the earth beneath her feet suddenly fell open and through the gap Hades himself came out, grabbed her before she could scream for help. Together they descended into his underworld kingdom while the gap in the earth closed after them. When she was gone, her mother Demeter wailed and mourned for her daughter, assured that she would not be coming back. Plants started to die and wilt from her sadness, and soon there was no plant life on the Earth. During the six months that Persephone spent in the Underworld, her mother was sad and not in the mood to deal with harvest. Thus she would leave the Earth to decline. These were the months of Autumn and Winter when the land is not fertile and does not give crops. Whenever Persephone went to Olympus to live with her mother, Demeter would shine with happiness and the land would become fertile again and fruitful. These were the months of Spring and Summer. Therefore, this myth was created to explain the change of the seasons, the eternal cycle of the Nature’s death and rebirth.
– Persephone is understood as a naive little girl who flows between the protection of the mother and the love of her husband.
– Persephone’s story explains the origin of the seasons, and why crops can’t grow in the winter.
– When Persephone is in the underworld with Hades, Demeter refuses to let any plants grow. When Persephone is in the world of the living with Demeter, the earth and plants return to life.
– Demeter is the goddess of agriculture, which is why she can mess up the growing season.
– Persephone is like a seed. Each year she must go under the earth, but she’s reborn again in the spring when she returns to the world of a living. This is exactly what happens to a seed: it’s planted underground, and then it sprouts in the spring.
– Demeter’s daughter came back, and she was overjoyed, and plants started to grow again. But when she found out that for six months her daughter would be gone, she proclaimed that in that time, no plants would grow at all. So, every year, when Persephone comes back, plants start to grow again, and that is how she became goddess of springtime.
– Persephone’s strength is that she is loving and lovely
– Persephone’s weakness is her beauty which is so ravishing it attracts Hades’ unwanted attention.
– The story of Persephone and the pomegranate: She was offered many foods, but would not eat any, because once you eat food from the underworld, you are bound there. One day, a little boy was eating a pomegranate. He offered her some, and since she was starving, she ate six seeds before Hades found her. He then proclaimed that since she had eaten six seeds, she would stay in the underworld for six months of every year. The other six months she spends with her mother.
– She must stay with her husband Hades for six months of the year because she ate six pomegranate seeds in the Underworld.
– Persephone divides her time between hanging out with Mom and then the other time ruling the underworld with Hades.
– Persephone is easily tempted by something she desires.
– Becoming Queen of the underworld, Persephone works in helping to escort the souls of the dead.
– Her exit from the underworld heralds the beginning of Spring as she helps her mother to bring life and bounty back to the land. This dual role makes her a Goddess of death and rebirth.
– Another strength of Persephone is her ability to compromise and be adaptable to everything including her surroundings and environment.
– Another weakness of Persephone is that she is not able to escape the influence of an over protective mother.
– Persephone is torn by her loyalties and she tries very hard to please everybody.
– Persephone’s maiden archetype represents purity and the innocence of childhood – where the soul’s dreams, magic and make believe still prevail.
– The relationship of Persephone and Demeter together incorporate the maiden, the mother and the crone as they are both representations of the cycles of the moon and the different stages of a woman’s life.
– The Shadow Maiden analogy of Persephone is very self centered. All her dreams and energy are expended on achieving her own personal needs and goals.
– Persephone remains eternally on the cusp between childhood and motherhood.
– Sometimes we may take this to the extreme, fearing growing old or holding the challenge of taking on any form of responsibility.
– Persephone is life still in touch with childhood intuition, fantasies, and ways to fulfill dreams. Anyone can embody this archetype at any stage of life.
– Persephone reminds us all to take care of the magical child that lies within each and every one of us.
– Look at whether your dreams and aspirations are selfish, because sometimes it is important to be accountable for yourself first before you take into account the needs of others.